Published Friday, January 18, 2013 AT 2:51 PM / Updated at 3:12 PM
Mad Chatter, Jan. 18
Dirk Chatelain Omaha World-Herald

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We hit Shawn Eichorst and Tim Miles, Kobe Bryant and Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Johnny Manziel, Brady Hoke and Doug McDermott. But first, a random ranking of the five most shocking scandals in college football since 2010:

1. Jerry Sandusky’s crimes and Joe Paterno’s termination

2. Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend

3. Nevin Shapiro’s yacht

4. Ohio State tattoos

5. Bobby Petrino’s motorcycle mistress

How incredible is college football right now? Reggie Bush getting his Heisman yanked and Cam Newton’s dad seeking pay-for-play are only worthy of honorable mention! It’s been bombshell after bombshell. And the SEC, for the most part, hasn’t even participated in the action.

I can’t wait for the next big splash — the guy wearing Eddie Lacy’s jersey in the national championship game was actually Adrian Peterson in disguise. Deadspin is working on it as we speak.

>> Part two of my Shawn Eichorst profile is coming Sunday in the World-Herald. While last Sunday’s piece focused on his experience at Wisconsin-Whitewater, this will center on his time at Miami, where things were messy.

Here’s a quote from a Miami booster: “A lot of people were joking that he basically put crime tape around the department to keep everybody away.”

>> A thorough Q&A with Kobe Bryant, whose team lost at home last night to Miami.

>> Liz Merrill on Tom Brady’s backup quarterbacks. Good stuff.

>> Brady Hoke was not a fan of Michigan’s 8-5 record.

>> Two excellent pieces on Lance Armstrong from Bonnie Ford and Dan Wetzel.

>> Surprising new numbers persuade Gregg Doyel that college athletes should be paid. The latest news from Texas A&M — that Johnny Manziel’s Heisman season was worth an estimated $37 million to the university — supports Doyel’s column, I’d say.

>> Another national honor for Papillion LaVista-South’s volleyball team.

>> Speaking of high school sports, Stu Pospisil is still compiling votes for the best all-time starting fives at Metro schools. My favorites: Central, Prep, Benson and Bellevue West. I give the edge to the Eagles.

>> Aaron Rodgers isn’t sold on the read option in the NFL long-term. “As we saw five years ago with the wildcat stuff, it had its success and less and less people are doing it,” Rodgers said.

“Now it’s more of the zone read stuff, reading the end and keeping it or pulling it with a quarterback who has some athleticism. At some point, on some level, they are going to figure out a way to consistently stop that.”

Rodgers’ theory is sound. Every time fans think an offensive scheme or style is unstoppable, defenses find a way to stop it. But I do think quarterbacks like Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson will change the way defenses do business.

>> Thursday on Twitter, I asked followers to rank these three national talk-radio hosts: Colin Cowherd, Jim Rome and Dan Patrick.

The results: Patrick won in a landslide. Cowherd received a good share of No. 1 votes, but mostly No. 3s. Love him or hate him, right? Here’s a few responses:

@danluceroshow Rome > Patrick > silence > jackhammers outside office window > a dying cat > Cowherd.

@danhoppen 1. Patrick, 2. Rome, 3. dead silence, 4. listening to “Gangnam Style” until my ears bleed, 5. Cowherd

@JasonAOglesby 1. Patrick. 2. Rome. 59716. Cowherd. I may be a little too kind to Colin. Likely at least a million shows better.

For the record, my order would go Patrick, Cowherd, Rome.

>> Finally, a little Doug McDermott. How’s this for consistency?

2011-12 averages: 22.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 60 percent shooting, 49 percent from 3-point range

2012-13: 24.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 57 percent shooting, 51 percent from 3

>> Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend.

About Dirk Chatelain

Dirk Chatelain is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football and general assignments. You can follow Dirk on Twitter (@dirkchatelain) or email him at